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French Open 2013: Nadal Fights Back On His Return

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The second Grand Slam of the year, Roland Garros, kicked off on Sunday with the world’s top players all fantasizing about lifting the coveted Coupe de Mousquetaires and Coupe de Suzanne Lenglen trophies respectively. Roland Garros has served up its share of shockers year after year and this year promises to be no different. From the first round alone, it is safe to say that it will be an interesting two weeks.

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Book Review: Pandemonium (Delirium #2)

paFollowing the devastating cliffhanger at the end of Delirium, Lauren Oliver returns with the eagerly anticipated sequel Pandemonium which surges the story forward and shows two polarized worlds on the brink of revolution.

This books switches between “Then” and “Now” conveying Lena’s story after she escaped past the barrier and into The Wilds at the end of Delirium.

The “Then” chapters focus on Lena’s arrival in The Wilds, where she is nurtured back to health by Raven and her group of Invalids – that is, those that are “uncured” or infected by the disease of love – and forced to reach deep within herself and call upon her inner survivalist in order to stay alive. The Wilds are wholly different to the world she once knew and she struggles on a daily basis with the thoughts of never seeing her family, her best friend Hana, or her lover Alex again. But to keep her momentum and hope alive, she settles on the fact that this is what she and Alex wanted: freedom; the option to make her own decisions and decide her own path. However, she soon comes to realize that her ideal of freedom is much more warped than she ever could imagine and life in The Wilds is not as perfect as she once thought it to be. Continue reading

Film Review: The Host

Film adaptations of popular books are a regular occurrence in the world of cinema nowadays but oftentimes, aspects of the book fail to make the connection when on the big screen.  Andrew Nicholls’ attempt at transferring Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling book The Host onto the big screen suffers from this particular problem.

The Host is set in a time where Earth has been invaded by aliens – known as souls – that inhabit the bodies of humans, indicated by their glowing eyes. Humans are believed to be destructive creatures hell-bent on destroying the planet through warring and violence, and the souls’ solution to this is to take over the bodies in order to make the world a more peaceful place. Continue reading

Book Review: Delirium

Though the number of dystopian novels is on the rise, Lauren Oliver’s Delirium breaks through the mould and redefines itself as a love story first and foremost set to a dystopian background. The world in which Delirium is set plays its formidable part in the story but underneath that world lays burning questions about love and how it is perceived in the real world, away from fiction.

‘It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected the cure’ is the opening line of this book and immediately thrusts us into the world of Delirium. To the people of this world, love – or amor deliria nervosa as it is known – is something that needs to be eradicated. It is a danger that causes chaos, instability and ultimately, death. Continue reading

Carrie Underwood Electrifies the Olympia Theatre

1010-carrie-underwoodSix-time Grammy award winner Carrie Underwood brought her Blown Away tour to Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on Thursday 14th March. The concert marked the singer’s first time on these shores and it most certainly was a night to remember.

A now well-known figure in the country music industry, Underwood started her career as the winner of American Idol in 2005, beating out thousands of singers for the coveted prize and since then her career has soared to dizzying heights. Her four studio albums have all been immensely successful, reaching the number one spot on several charts. Selling more than 15 million album copies worldwide, Underwood is the epitome of a small-town girl making good. Furthermore, she had a guest role on the prominent sitcom How I Met Your Mother and also starred in the film Soul Surfer but it is on the stage where the girl from Oklahoma comes to life. Continue reading

Top Five Irish Actors Taking Centre Stage In The US

Ireland is recognised for the art of storytelling; from folklore, to literature, to music, to acting. For years it has produced remarkable stage and screen actors such as Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson, Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy to name a few, and now it would seem that there are a number of up-and-coming young male and female actors following their suit and paving their own way with their own distinctive careers. With St. Patrick’s Day not too far away, it is worth taking a look at a few actors making waves across the Atlantic and hoping that this trend only increases as time goes on.

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Book Review: Beautiful Creatures

beautiful-creatures_high-res1When it comes to the lucrative Young Adult genre, it would seem that the supernatural theme is still a major presence. The success of the Twilight Saga sparked a revolution of sorts with vampires, werewolves, witches and ghosts which have become more popular now than they have been in years and thus, from this comes a series of books known as the Caster Chronicles; a four-book collection dealing with the relationship between Mortal Ethan Wate and Caster  Lena Duchannes. Continue reading

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